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Mazda All-Star Game 2012 Updates: Starting Pitchers Recap

by on Jul.19, 2012 @ 12:19 pm, under NPB

Some updates from July 19 (thread will be updated throughout the day, as needed):

Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten) is slated to start Game 3 of the All-Star Series.  Source: Sanspo 7/19/2012

To recap, the starting pitchers for the two leagues will be as follows (visitor vs home):

Game 1 - July 20 - Kyocera Dome - Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri) vs Yuki Saito (Nippon Ham)

Game 2 - July 21 - Botchan Stadium (Matsuyama) - Mitsuo Yoshikawa (Nippon Ham) vs Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima)

Game 3 - July 23 - Iwate Stadium (Morioka) - Daisuke Miura (Yokohama) vs Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten)

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Takeya Nakamura (Seibu) will most likely be limited to a DH-role during the All-Star Series because of his left knee (and left shoulder).  He also told reporters he plans to participate in the Home Run Derby.  Source: Sanspo 7/19/2012, Sponichi 7/19/2012

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Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri) is preparing to use a five-colored glove during the All-Star Series -- red and white from the Japanese flag, blue for Kyocera Dome, orange for Matsuyama, and green for Morioka.  This will be Sakamoto's fifth straight All-Star appearance.  Source: Sanspo 7/19/2012

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Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham) could get some playing time at third during the All-Star Series because Seibu's Nakamura likely will not be able to play defense.  Nakata played fifty-one games at third at Ni-gun in 2008, but has never played a single game at third at Ichi-gun.

Source: Sponichi 7/19/2012

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UPDATE @ 10:17pm -

The NPB has posted information on stage performances that will be taking place before Game 1 (14:30-16:30).

They also announced that a limited number of same day tickets for Game 1 will be sold between noon and the end of the 5th inning.

And Yuki Saito (Nippon Ham) and Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri) were officially announced as Game 1 starters.